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the newtown school massacre last year, but majority leader harry reid says there aren't enough votes to overcome the gop opposition and he says separating the ban from other measures increases its chances of passage. >>> former south carolina governor mark sanford is on the verge of reviving his political career that collapsed over his extramarital affair. sanford has advanced to a runoff in the republican race for an open congressional seat. the democrats had a clear winner in the primary, elizabeth colbert busch who is the sister of comedian stephen colbert. >>> all right, as we mark the ten years since the war in iraq began we learned of an incredible fact about the cost of war. the u.s. is still paying benefits from the civil war, the u.s. civil war. the payments are going to two children of civil war vet, one in tennessee, one in north carolina who get about $900 a month. the children would have been born when their fathers were in their 70s or 80s. unusual but possible. is that crazy or what? civil war benefits. >> that's pretty crazy. >> wow. >>> moving on to the weather acros
. >>> a victory of sorts for advocates of stricter gun control laws. senate majority leader harry reid says gun legislation that will be debated next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers. that came after vice president biden's trip to new york city where he called for tougher gun laws after a meeting with parents of children killed in the newtown massacre. we've now learned that one of the children's parents have met with the father of the gunman adam lanza in an effort to bring some closure to the tragedy. >>> the new budget deal just passed by congress last night appears to continue the requirement for six-day mail delivery. but some lawmakers and postal officials say plans to cut saturday service to save money should proceed. others say a provision in the bill mandates six-day delivery. >>> faced with a billion dollar deficit, dozens of elementary schools in chicago are being closed. officials claim most of the 54 elementary schools to be shut down are half empty anyway. but opponents say these closures mostly in poor and black areas will further e
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